[webkit-dev] Runtime setting for incomplete features

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Mon Oct 5 21:56:54 PDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:54 PM, Mark Rowe <mrowe at apple.com> wrote:

> On 2009-10-05, at 21:48, Darin Fisher wrote:
>  It is a matter of our process that we do not change the configuration when
>> promoting builds.  The bits that passed the test get promoted.
>> I'm happy to absorb this cost in the V8 bindings.  I don't think it is
>> important to solve this problem for the JSC bindings since there is not a
>> consumer that yet needs the same.
> The present state of Web Sockets is that they're compiled in on Mac OS X
> but disabled via the runtime setting.  This leads to them being detectable
> in the manner Sam mentioned.  Either the compile-time setting needs to be
> fixed for Mac OS X or the runtime code fixed so that the feature is not
> detectable when disabled.  I assume that we want regression testing of the
> feature so disabling it at compile time does not seem like the best idea.  I
> guess it comes down to whether or not it's in good enough shape to be useful
> to web sites at this time.

I don't believe that anyone is shipping a working implementation of
WebSockets yet (or is Firefox's working now?), in which case it shouldn't
matter to have it on by default.

Are there any other examples of things being on at compile time but off at
run time by default?  If so, let's file some bugs and fix things up.
 Shouldn't be too hard.
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